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The Home Affairs Select Committee is a Committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The proper name is the House of Commons, Home Affairs Committee.



The Home Affairs Committee is one of the House of Commons Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies".

The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.

At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the internet. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.


The Committee can examine any area of work related to the Home Office and its associated public bodies, such as HM Prison Service and United Kingdom Passport Agency.

Recent inquiries have focused on

  • Rehabilitation of prisoners
  • Sexual Offences Act 2003
  • Immigration Control
  • Terrorism
  • Sentencing for Robbery
  • Corporate manslaughter


Keith Vaz MP has been Chair of the Committee since July 2007.

Previous chairmen have included Chris Mullin (1997–1999) and John Denham (2003–2007).


Members are appointed by the full house on the nomination of the Committee of Selection, and should be representative of the state of political parties in the House of Commons. Members receive an extra allowance on top of their salaries for select committee duties.

The current members of the committee, as of 15 December 2009, are

Member Party Constituency
Keith Vaz MP, (Chair) Labour Leicester East
Tom Brake MP Liberal Democrat Carshalton and Wallington
James Clappison MP Conservative Hertsmere
Ann Cryer MP Labour Keighley
David Davies MP Conservative Monmouth
Janet Dean MP Labour Burton
Khalid Mahmood MP Labour Birmingham Perry Barr
Patrick Mercer MP Conservative Newark
Margaret Moran MP Labour Luton South
Gwyn Prosser MP Labour Dover
Bob Russell MP Liberal Democrat Colchester
Martin Salter MP Labour Reading West
Gary Streeter MP Conservative South West Devon
David Winnick MP Labour Walsall North

Source: Parliament Website



Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Selection Committee. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
Dec 14, 2009 Karen Buck MP (Labour) Regent's Park and Kensington North Khalid Mahmood MP (Labour) Birmingham Perry Barr Hansard

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